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West Ham and Leicester should pounce for Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri

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One player certain to be on the move this summer is Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who will put an end to an unhappy spell at the bet365 Stadium, but could still stay in the Premier League to West Ham or Leicester.

Sky Bet offer odds as low as 1/10 that Shaqiri will depart this summer, with West Ham the leading Premier League club in the betting at 8/1 and Leicester City not far behind at 10/1.

That’s not to say that a stay in England is certain, particularly given that the two Milan clubs are favourites with Inter at 6/1 and AC Milan at 13/2, with Lyon also in the running at 8/1 level with the Hammers.

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The winger has not hidden his disappointment with the team’s struggles this season and the Potters now face an uphill battle if they are to avoid relegation from the top flight.

The Swiss international will not entertain the idea of playing second tier football after a decorated career has previously seen him play for the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Having failed to live up to expectations since Mark Hughes brought him to England in 2015, he may be keen to make the move abroad, but with finances likely to be more attractive to remain in the Premier League he may not rule out such a move.

Leicester could be forced to sign a replacement for Riyahd Mahrez whilst West Ham will also be looking for options out wide when Joao Mario’s loan spell comes to an end.

His pace, power and strength could catch the eye of both sides but they will have their work cut out to convince him to remain in England this summer.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Leicester City would be in dreamland with reported Ahmed Musa windfall

Ahmed Musa has struggled at Leicester City but thrived for his country.

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Nigeria fell agonisingly short of knocking Argentina out of the World Cup this summer and many of their players impressed fans with their displays. One player who caught the eye was well-known to fans of one Premier League club. Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa was brilliant for Nigeria in Russia.

Such form has now seen him linked with plenty of moves away from the King Power. The latest reports involved Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr. They are seemingly ready to pay a whopping £30 million for the player, as reported by Nigerian source Own Goal Nigeria.

That fee has now been skewed in other reports, with the Leicester Mercury reporting the fee at £40 million. That fee has also been suggested by Score Nigeria earlier this month whilst the Daily Trust also report the news with that fee attached.

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So there is clearly some disparity between the reports.

But at £30 or £40 million this would be great business for Leicester.

Signed for just £16 million in the summer of 2016, the Nigerian managed just five goals in 33 games for the Foxes before being loaned back to CSKA last winter.

Leicester would, therefore, stand to make £24 million if the £40 million assessments are correct. If not, then £14 million would not be bad either.

He would also be sold to a nation where his form would be out of sight and out of mind. Leicester are unlikely to feel any repercussions personally if he is sent to Dubai. If he scores a litany of goals? Then people will just criticise the standard of football.

At £30 million it is a magnificent deal for Leicester. At £40 million, they are in dreamland.

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Three reasons James Maddison can become a star for Leicester City next season

The 21-year-old star is destined for big things next season.

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21-year-old James Maddison became Leicester City‘s third signing of the summer when he completed a £22 million move from Norwich City to the King Power Stadium.

After Riyad Mahrez completed his long-awaited move to Manchester City this week, it seems as though there is no better time than now for the talented English playmaker to come and make his mark on the Premier League.

The Foxes beat off stiff competition for the talented youngsters signature after a terrific season in the Championship that saw the attacking midfielder score 14 times and assist eight.

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But will he live up to the hype? Here are three reasons why James Maddison has everything it takes to become a star for Leicester City in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Superstar stats

Maddison was the subject of interest from all over Europe last season when in January it was confirmed he held the title of creating the most chances out of any player in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga (54). An impressive statistic for a 21-year-old and testament to the abundance of talent he has.

“James is a wonderful player who is one of the most exciting young talents in English football. He made a big contribution to Norwich City last season and I’m delighted that he has decided to make the step up to the Premier League with Leicester.”

Leicester boss, Claude Puel, speaking after Maddison completed his £22 million move.

Set piece specialist

One of Maddison’s greatest assets is his ability from dead ball situations, a skill which in the Premier League is a vital weapon for any team to have at their disposal. Expect the new Leicester number 10 to be taking over free kick duties now Riyad Mahrez has left the King Power Stadium and don’t be surprised if he bangs a few of them in next season.

Chance to fill the void Riyad Mahrez had left

Maddison has a real chance to step up and make a name for himself since Riyad Mahrez’ departure, which for a talented and ambitious youngster like himself could be the perfect remedy for something great. Maddison was voted Norwich’s Player of the Season last year which all but proves he can take a team by the scruff of the neck and make it his own; even at such a young age.

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Three Riyad Mahrez replacements Leicester should pursue after £60million sale

Mahrez’s move to Manchester City has left Leicester with money to spend but a big void to fill.

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After a lengthy transfer saga stretching back to January, Riyad Mahrez has finally sealed an exit from Leicester City and the Foxes now need a replacement.

Earning £60 million from Mahrez’s move to Manchester City, as per BBC Sport, Leicester have cash to spend in the market and will need to set their sights high if they are to find an adequate replacement for the Premier League winner.

Since signing for Leicester in 2014, the Algeria international scored 42 goals in 158 league appearances for the Foxes and played a key part in the club’s shock Premier League success in 2015-16, scoring 17 goals and contributing 11 assists on his way to being crowned PFA Player of the Year.

That certainly leaves Leicester with a huge void to fill but the £60m fee they earned from the 27-year-old’s departure gives them plenty to spend – and these three players could be ideal replacements.

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Florian Thauvin – Marseille

After a disastrous stint at Newcastle United, Florian Thauvin has excelled back in France with Marseille and is now a World Cup finalist following Les Bleus semi-final victory over Belgium on Tuesday evening – which could be the ideal end to a spectacular season.

The 25-year-old scored 22 goals and provided 17 assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, per Whoscored, while in Europe he found the net three times and contributed a further two assists in the club’s run to the Europa League final.

Thauvin’s impressive form has attracted plenty of attention, with Italian outlet StadioSport stating Arsenal are keen, but first-team football would be more regular with the Foxes and he could become a star for Claude Peul’s side.

Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham

One of the finest youth prospects within English football, Ryan Sessegnon caught the eye in Fulham’s promotion winning campaign last term after the versatile left-sided player pushed into a more attacking role for the Cottagers.

The 18-year-old’s tally of 16 goals and eight assists in the Championship brought back memories of Gareth Bale’s meteoric rise across London with Tottenham earlier in the decade, leading to widespread interest in the teenager’s services.

Arsenal, Manchester United and even Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move, although The Times has stated he will sign a new deal with Fulham. The Cottagers, understandably, want to keep the starlet for their return to the Premier League but the £60m Leicester received for Mahrez could allow the Foxes to make a move.

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Denis Cheryshev – Villarreal

After years floating around Spanish football, spending time with Real Madrid and Valencia before sealing a permanent move to Villarreal in 2016, Denis Cheryshev finally showed his full potential at the World Cup with host nation Russia.

The 27-year-old netted four goals during Russia’s improbable run to the quarter-finals of the tournament, including a brace in the opening match against Saudi Arabia, double the amount he scored in LaLiga last season, according to Whoscored statistics.

Cheryshev now has to prove that his form in the World Cup was not just a purple patch and Villarreal may be tempted into a sale if Leicester propose a bid. While he may not be a long-term star for the Foxes, his arrival could allow Demarai Gray to continue his development before taking the reigns in the coming years.

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